Volunteer with the Scottish Seabird Centre

We are incredibly grateful to our amazing team of volunteers who play a key role in offering a warm and informed welcome to our visitor experience and support the delivery of our education, conservation, and community based activities.

Our brilliant volunteers work tirelessly to support, fund, and deliver the essential work of our Charity. Recognised for their exceptional and varied work by the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, they are a key part of everything that we achieve today.

As a Scottish Seabird Centre volunteer you can contribute your time and expertise in a myriad of different ways. This includes:


Our long serving volunteers were awarded with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their exceptional work over the first 20 years of our Charity's life!

Scottish seabird Centre volunteers - receiving the Queen's Award for voluntary service
(c) Rob McDougall

Former chair of the volunteer group, Mrs Sandy Forrest said:

“This is just an amazing award, and totally unexpected. The volunteers really enjoy helping at the Scottish Seabird Centre as we have such a varied experience, from assisting with school groups; to meeting visitors from the local area and from other countries of the world; and getting involved with the conservation and environmental activities so valuable to our community. We particularly appreciate working with a young, committed staff who make it possible for us to support them in their endeavours.”


Being inclusive is very important to us. We warmly welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds to our team and you will receive a warm welcome and support from our team and the core volunteer group. Whether you just have an occasional hour or wish to contribute on a more regular basis, we will do our best to match your interests and time with the volunteering opportunities which are available.

You can find out more about the range of activities our volunteers are involved with below, by reading our Volunteer Handbook, or contacting us directly.

get involved
please email info@seabird.org or telephone +44(0) 1620 890202


We have opportunities to support our marine conservation projects around the Firth of Forth. Find out more about how you can get involved in SOS Puffin, Restoration Forth or Citizen Science activties below.

SOS Puffin
SOS Puffin is the Scottish Seabird Centre's award-winning project to save the puffins on the islands near North Berwick. Run and supported entirely by a team of more than 1,300 volunteers, over 330 work parties have made regular trips to Craigleith, Fidra and the Lamb over the last 14 years.

Restoration Forth seagrass seed sowing at Belhaven Bay
Restoration Forth seagrass seed sowing at Belhaven Bay
(c) RJ Lilley

Restoration Forth
We are delighted to be part of the WWF-UK led Restoration Forth partnership project that's working with communities to restore native oysters and seagrass meadows in the Firth of Forth. Find out more about the project, our role as a community hub and how you can get involved.

WDC Shorewatch training
WDC Shorewatch training
(c) Scottish Seabird Centre

Citizen Science
We can help you get involved with a range of citizen science projects from our community hub; including bird recording, seagrass spotting, looking out for cetaceans or searching the shoreline to record what you find. Find out more about the ways in which you can get involved.


We have a range of ways in which you can support our education and outreach activities including supporting our outdoor nature-based sessions, development of physical and digital learning resources, and support for our outreach sessions in schools and at science and community festivals.

Eduation activities at the Scottish Seabird Centre
Eduation activities at the Scottish Seabird Centre
(c) Rob McDougall

Education and outreach
Find out more about how to get involved in our education and outreach activities.


We're always delighted to discuss opportunities for corporate volunteering - individual or team building days. Find out more about these opportunities and the feedback provided from previous volunteers.

Corporate support
We are keen to work with business in a range of different ways including membership, fundraising, sponsorship or volunteering. Find out more about the ways in which you can get involved.